Tuesday, January 29, 2008

veggie facts and spaghetti pie

~sneaking in veggies deceptively is easier than you think!~

for instance~

::a cauliflower puree goes great in mashed potatoes and pasta sauces::
by adding a cup here and there you are giving your kids these awesome benefits:

{cauliflower is a member of the important cruciferous family of veggies that may help our bodies fight off certain types of cancers

{cauliflower may help kids resist infections -it is a great source of VIT c
i know annie loves mashed cauliflower with chicken broth, and i love a couple of cups in my potatoes. -so do the kids ;)

::. what do red peppers do for our kids::.

{red peppers are the single best way to get vitamin c into your kids. vit C helps fight off infections and heal cuts and scrapes

{because of their vibrant color, the offer tons of antioxidants that help protect healthy cells thru the bod

::. eat carrots and your eyes will OPEN::.

carrots provide short ones with much beta carotene and give them that lovely skin

also, insoluble fiber folks~ while that will keep you busy if they aren't potty trained, it is the best way to keep the red faces at bay. soluble fiber does nothing for that system the way insoluble fiber does.

{this is a recipe for spaghetti pie}
great with kids because it is brain dead cooking folks, so easy and there are ways to sneak veggies in

::1/2 lb spaghetti - cooked according to directions
2 lg. eggs
::15 oz part skim ricotta cheese ~ 1 container
3/4 c plus 2 TB parmesan or romano
::1 cup marinara
1/2 c shredded mozzarella cheese
~preheat oven to 350.
grease a 9 inch pie plate. in a large bowl beat eggs {fork}, stir in ricotta and 3/4 c parmesan. add spaghetti and stir until well coated. transfer spaghetti mixture to pie plate, top with marinara and sprinkle with parmesan.
bake for 25 minutes
:: my alterations~
{you could simmer a can of tomatoes, a red pepper puree (1/4-1/2 c) with some olive oil, basil, oregano and garlic for an hour on low if you want to make your own sauce or just add red pepper puree to already made sauce.

~or you could use spaghetti squash instead of pasta. i.heart.spaghetti.squash.
i always have one on hand. i cut it in half, cook it on 300 for a couple of hours face down with garlic, chicken broth and a sprinkle of nutmeg and cinnamon.

any way you do it, you get this pretty dish::.